Conference Programme 2022

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Keynote Speakers ISCONTOUR 2022

James J. Kennelly and Raphaela Stadler

James J. KennellyAuthenticity, Sense of Place and the Development of Meaningful Tourism Experiences

James J. (Jim) Kennelly is Professor of International Business at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. He has also taught at New York University and at Aalto University in Finland, and is currently a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at IMC Krems.  He holds an MBA and PhD in International Business from the Stern School of Business at NYU, and a BS in Accounting from Montclair State University. Before commencing his academic career, he held managerial positions in finance and strategic planning for a number of multinational corporations, including N.V. Philips and Bristol-Myers Squibb. His current research interests centre broadly on sustainable enterprise and on the importance of locally rooted, place-based enterprises as valuable components of a sustainable and successful economy and society. His most recent co-authored book (with Dietmar Sternad and Finbarr Bradley) is Digging Deeper: How Purpose-Driven Enterprises Create Real Value (Greenleaf Publishing).


Raphaela Stadler: Sustainable HRM Principles for the Events Industry: Tackling stress, burnout, and high staff turnover

Raphaela Stadler is a Senior Lecturer in Event Management at the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. She holds a PhD from Griffith University, Australia, which investigated knowledge management and knowledge practices within festival organisations – a topic she has widely published on over the last decade, including her most recent book Knowledge Management in Event Organisations (Goodfellow Publishers). She is currently working on several multidisciplinary research projects to better understand the sociological and psychological impacts contemporary leisure experiences (festivals, events, and tourism) have upon individuals, families, and communities. Her specific research interests and areas of expertise include community events and festivals, community cultural development, power and empowerment, memories, as well as wellbeing and quality-of-life.